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November 5, 2012

NFL: Ballhawking Bears rout Titans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “It was weird,” Cutler said of all the Bears fans. “I had to hush the crowd down in the red zone, and they got quiet really quick. We have the best fans in the world.”

The Titans (3-6) lost their second straight, giving up the most points since a 59-0 loss to New England on Oct. 18, 2009. Coach Mike Munchak said they had warned the Titans all week how crucial protecting the ball would be against the Bears.

“We made it easy on the Bears to beat us,” Munchak said. “But they took advantage of all the opportunities we gave them.”

Tennessee’s lone highlight when Chris Johnson scored on an 80-yard run in the fourth quarter. Johnson finished with 141 yards on 16 carries against the NFL’s best rushing defense, with a big chunk coming when he broke out and went up the right sideline with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter.

Tillman, the NFC defensive player for October, started the Bears’ first-quarter spree with the strip of Britt the Bears’ 24th turnover this season. The cornerback also forced two fumbles by Johnson and later stripped tight end Jared Cook.

“He just finds a way of getting his hands on the ball, knocking the ball out and always being around the ball,” Johnson said.

Cutler tossed TDs of 13, 39 and 5 yards to Marshall and finished with 229 yards passing. Cutler, who starred in Nashville in college at Vanderbilt, spent the final 10 minutes watching Jason Campbell mop up. Matt Forte ran for a TD and finished with 103 yards.

The Bears got on the board first with special teams.

Sherrick McManis ran untouched around the right edge and blocked Brett Kern’s punt, and Corey Wootton grabbed the ball and stumbled 5 yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 6:44 left in the first quarter. The Titans came back with a safety when Bears left tackle J’Marcus Webb grabbed at defensive end Kamerion Wimbley’s face in the end zone.

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